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Follow That Sound! – a journey in technique (part 2)

Technical knowledge and practice sometimes seems endless. It is sometimes hard to notice your own progress, but when you get to another plateau you can look back and see how much technique has actually given your musical ability. The sound you want is out there waiting for you to rise to it and through technical practice you can physically get the place that you’re hearing.

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Timekeeping

One of the roles of percussion in music is to provide a steady rhythmic pulse that accompanies the harmonic and melodic patterns of a certain arrangement. To practice this and how it applies to drum set, I have created an exercise for the player to prepare him or her to keep steady time while making some musical transitions.

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Various Styles for Drum Set

Music, like any art form, can be very opinionated, so to insure a good relationship with music it is important to develop a healthy opinion. In developing your opinion, it is good to keep an open mind and try to listen to various genres, even ones that you don’t have any experience playing.

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Arranging Your Drum Set

How you set up your drum set is personal and unique, and, musically speaking, can make everything that you do easier. The difference between players lies in the placement and spacing of the individual instruments of the set. Some players like the drums and cymbals closer together than others, so figuring out what works best for you and playing with a comfortable arrangement of your drum set is very important. The tips that I will be giving you in this article relate to how you already set up your drums, and will be ideas for you to test while you hit the drums.

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Choosing Heads & Tuning

The sound you get from your drums often relates to the kind of wood that your shells are made of, the type of heads you use, the kind of music that you listen to or perform, and your level of overall technique. The sound you’d like to get from your kit can change over time or depend on changes in the style of music you are playing. If you are a fan of classic rock or funk; you’ll probably desire a different sound from your kit than someone who listens to jazz.

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